Seduced by Madness

Seduced by Madness

Seduced by Madness: The True Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case by Carol Pogash
2008 | EPUB | 1.93MB

In October 2002, the quiet northern California town of Orinda was rocked by murder when Susan Polk, the mother of three teenage boys, was arrested for stabbing her husband and former therapist, Dr. Felix Polk, to death. The arrest and subsequent trial quickly became one of the most talked about murder cases in the country, as spectators and reporters learned the strange history behind this shocking killing.

Now in Seduced by Madness, Carol Pogash--the leading journalist working the case--has written the definitive account of the Polk family saga, offering a rich and textured re-creation of this disturbing and tragic American tale. Examining the decadent culture of California in the 1970s, Pogash looks at how, in this period of drugs and sexual exploration, a fifteen-year-old Susan found herself caught in the grasp of Felix, her therapist--who, like others in the mental health profession, fell for every passing trend in mental health therapy. Culled from years of careful research, Pogash reconstructs the vague beginnings of the couple's sexual relationship in the therapist's office, exploring how Felix's relaxed attitude toward therapy blinded him to the complex nature of Susan's mental state, and how their mutual obsession with each other sealed their fate.

With lyrical prose, Pogash skillfully traces the Polks' story--from their early yearnings for one another through their flawed marriage, which produced three highly intelligent but emotionally divided sons. Weaving a complex narrative of a family who lived in multimillion dollar homes but lingered in the shadow of dysfunction, Pogash reassembles their life in the years and months before Felix's death, intimately describing what led this soft-spoken wife to murder.

Three years after Felix's death, Susan Polk was tried for first degree murder, and here Pogash provides a first-hand account of the wild, media-circus trial in which Susan defended herself and cross-examined two of her sons. Illustrating how the prosecution and the court responded to Susan's volatile behavior, Pogash takes you inside the deliberation room and uncovers how jurors reached their surprising verdict.

Filled with the most complete case facts and interviews available, Seduced by Madness offers an unparalleled look at one of the most captivating murder cases in recent years.

Killer Girlfriend: The Jodi Arias Story

Killer Girlfriend: The Jodi Arias Story

Killer Girlfriend: The Jodi Arias Story by Brian Skoloff, Josh Hoffner
2013 | MOBI | 278.8KB

Killer Girlfriend: The Jodi Arias Story is the first definitive and comprehensive account to be published on the entire case, offering a look behind the scenes inside the courtroom throughout the four-month trial. The book also delves deeply into the lives of both Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander as the authors take readers on a journey not only through their stormy relationship and the ensuing killing, but into their upbringings and the struggles and triumphs each experienced over the years leading up to the couple meeting in Las Vegas.

It provides a thorough account of both of their lives before and after they met, and introduces readers to the people behind this sensational murder case as identifiable characters who could be your own neighbor, family member or friend. As most of the news coverage has focused on daily happenings throughout the trial, this book compiles the entire account into one page-turning tale that allows the reader to better understand the lives and relationship of Travis and Jodi in much greater detail than anything previously reported.

I Heard You Paint Houses

I Heard You Paint Houses

"I Heard You Paint Houses": Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt
2005 | EPUB | 746.85KB

"I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II.

After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures. When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that is destined to become a true crime classic.

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